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Posted by Wired1995 on 2014-08-22 09:15. 1 comments. 43 reads
 
Has anyone ever felt a thud like pacing coming from the lower left lead on a Biventricular PM. It feels like with each beat you are getting nudged in the diaphragm. I'm paced at a lower rate of 90 and my sensitivity is on max settings so it's pretty intense. It comes and goes and doesn't last but a few beats at a time. Any thoughts?

Posted by ettmayr on 2014-08-19 02:51. 13 comments. 201 reads
 
I get frozen to the bone even on warm days. Is this due to my heart failure ?


Posted by ksybr10 on 2014-08-19 00:13. 2 comments. 142 reads
 
Hi everyone.

I'm 21 and had a pacemaker put in about a year and a half ago due to extreme complications with SVT. Basically, my heart rate would go up in the 200 beats and then I would pass out. Several ablation done thinking that would cure it, but unfortunately it did not. Several trial runs with medications, also did not work. So he thought it would just be best to go ahead and put a pacer in. Which it has done wonders! I haven't passed out! Although, my rate still gets a bit high.

Last few months we've had to change the settings a bit to find what would be best for me rate wise. Last go around really helped but now I'm still winded very easily. He said there's a possibility that the heart tissue grew up back and w...


Posted by Goo5e on 2014-08-17 19:34. 2 comments. 226 reads
 
Hi Everyone

I didn't expect to be joining the pacemaker club but here I am. I'm looking for some advice as am having a few problems. To give a bit of background...

I'm 41 years old and have suffered with ectopic beats for about 15 years which were managed with beta blockers until about 2 years ago when they improved to the point I was able to come off the meds.

2 months ago I had an episode with an erratic heart beat with pauses lasting up to 6 seconds and low heart rate - about 38 BPM. These symptoms were completely new to me and I was feeling very unwell. After putting up with them for a few days I went to A&E as was getting quite anxious.

After ECGs, bloods and x-rays I was told I probably ne...


Posted by webguy on 2014-08-16 19:16. 3 comments. 236 reads
 
My wife has had a pacemaker installed. Several months ago, because of her lifting, gardening, etc she called in for a checkup when feeling weird. The doc said rather than just re- calibrating the device (normal), he recommended a new lead wire be inserted. He told us he would simply wrap the old lead wire around the pacemaker to prevent infection potential. Sounded kind of weird to me, but we went with this. He said if a new lead was put in, the potential of infection would be greatly increased. My wife did experience healing and the device is working great, however the complication is the swelling around the surgery cut site. About the size of an earthworm, and it gets irritated at times. What should I do at this point. Not ready to sue a...


Posted by shirley d on 2014-08-14 15:01. 1 comments. 124 reads
 
I had my PM removed in Jan of this year due to staff infection. It left a mass of 4cm by 2 cm which has now disappeared after intravenous cloxicillan and oral rifampicin and levofloxin. My r atrium is now 3cm in diameter.
Just wondering: What is the normal size of a R atrium?
Resting pulse hovers around 46 bpm but could not lift it beyond 111 bpm, This isn't the end of the world, though I won't be running any marathons soon, so holding off on reimplanting.

Posted by Alamb2 on 2014-08-13 21:32. 0 comments. 87 reads
 
It will be 5 years since my PM was put in. It was installed under the muscle. While I am tentatively scheduled for lead extraction/replacement on Aug 27, I have been experiencing increased pain under my left shoulder/under arm area. Especially when I lay down. It is kind of a burning, boaring, intense pain that goes away temporarily when I shift positions

It used to only happen when on my right side, but now also on my back,... In the last week, when laying down on my left side too. It is very painful. Anyone have had a similar experience?

Posted by benwhen on 2014-08-13 11:34. 0 comments. 123 reads
 


Hello, thanks for the feedback. The Doctor removed my pacemaker and leads after 4 months. When he opened it up there was clear liquid and a little white puss. He said the tissue behind the pacemaker looked rotten. I had to ask to get my culture results back and they were negative. I guess it was a judgement call. My wife has been taking care of the wound daily. It has healed up after 4-5 weeks. I have a small pit
in the chest, where the pocket was. I went to a new EP and I am getting it replaced at the end of this month at a different hospital. It will be on the other side of my chest. I thought I could do without for a while but I was using it 38% of the time for chronotropic incompetence. I am getting a medtronic dual ...


Posted by Porkypig on 2014-08-12 06:25. 6 comments. 137 reads
 
I had my second pm removed on Friday as I had am major infection, I was in the same situation back I jan this year!! I am in hospital stuck in bed as my heart rate in 30s and having pauses, they are giving me iv antibotics . I am told its the same bug as the first infection. they are talking about putting a new pm in my tummy.

Posted by pcscience on 2014-08-12 06:09. 1 comments. 128 reads
 
Hi there,
Hope someone can help me with my query.
I had my 3rd pacemaker fitted in March 2013. I am experiencing some pain in the shoulder just an inch or two left of the pacemaker site. I am an active golfer and put this down to a strained muscle. I have no other symptoms. My GP thinks the pacemaker may have become infected and sent me for some blood tests. Obviously I am worried that it may be infected and the whole system might need to be removed. What are the characteristic symptoms of pace maker infection as experienced by you members out there? Thank you for your help. Paul

Posted by dlconover on 2014-08-10 15:55. 0 comments. 88 reads
 
Like several others I have read about here I too have no land line, just cell service and cable internet. I bought a USB adapter and loaded the software on my computer and while in the USB connector on my computer it connects and seems to work. When I remove it from the computer and insert it into the Merlin transmitter I get nothing. Does anyone know what I'm doing wrong? Will a off the shelf USB adapter work to transmit over my cable line? Thanks for any help you can give. Douglas

Posted by fastbabe2 on 2014-08-09 20:47. 3 comments. 149 reads
 
Hi all- I had lead extraction and PM removed and a new PM Boston Medtronic inserted on July 21. I have been experiencing numbness and tingling in my hands, legs and feet. At times it's quite painful. Has anyone experienced this with PM insertion? I'm still quite fatigued and am due to go back to work next week which I think is way too early but cardiologist seems to think a couple of weeks is all I need off. Any input on the numbness would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by bradycardia7 on 2014-08-09 10:28. 5 comments. 253 reads
 
Why would my heart doc put me on metoprolol when I
already have a pacer for bradycardia. I have asked why
prescribe the metoprolol and I really don't get an answer.
Any one out there ever deal with this same dilemma ?

THANKS !!

Posted by Lils on 2014-08-04 04:50. 2 comments. 249 reads
 
Hi, I had my first PA inserted on 16/0712014 sent home same day, ended up back in hospital with all sorts of pain next day where I was kept in and after 4 days they realised that the lead ahead moved, so they had to operate again on 22/07/2014.
Back home next day, since then I have been so sore round my ribs, dull pain on my right side under my ribs, and an dull pain under left ribs with the occasional stabbing pain, this scare me as that is what I had for 4 days before they realised lead had moved, have to say this is not as bad as the first episode, I am better when I am standing and sometimes I don't feel it for a full day!!
I have days where I am dizzy, and since the op my eye site has gone more blured.

I really...


Posted by emilpacemaker on 2014-08-04 04:36. 1 comments. 113 reads
 
I wonder if its posible after consulting my e.p they told me the symptoms of my palpitation last day is tachycardia ... By the way I had my p.m this year month of april cause of bradycardia...i feel always dizzy in the morning... Also have anciety attack... But last week I feel. Shortness of breath and worse palpitation! Im 28 y/o.. And my e.p sugested me to take maintenance medication for my heart fast rate... There is any one here happen or same like what im expirience now!

Posted by emilpacemaker on 2014-08-04 04:35. 3 comments. 136 reads
 
I wonder if its posible after consulting my e.p they told me the symptoms of my palpitation last day is tachycardia ... By the way I had my p.m this year month of april cause of bradycardia...i feel always dizzy in the morning... Also have anciety attack... But last week I feel. Shortness of breath and worse palpitation! Im 28 y/o.. And my e.p sugested me to take maintenance medication for my heart fast rate... There is any one here happen or same like what im expirience now!

Posted by NAck on 2014-07-28 17:19. 0 comments. 117 reads
 
Thanks for the post. She has a Dr. Appt. tomorrow and I will ask. She also has a bracelet. Trying to talk her into trying it. She doesn't want to give up her independence. I understand.


Posted by NAck on 2014-07-28 14:06. 2 comments. 206 reads
 
My Mom had a pacemaker implanted several years ago. Don't know what it's called. She recently got a life alert system at home (partly against her will; we had to talk her into it) and has been wearing the necklace. She is now telling us that she can't breathe as freely when she is wearing it and feels better when she takes it off. Has anyone else had anything like this happen? I suspect she may be being manipulative since she wasn't really happy about it in the first place. I can't find anything that suggests that life alert could interfere with pacemakers and I am assuming that many others with pacemakers have life alert. HELP!



Posted by Troutfoot on 2014-07-27 10:10. 2 comments. 193 reads
 
It has been 3 months since my device was implanted and now my left breast is larger than my right.
No pain, tenderness, or discoloration.
While sleeping on my left side I do have some muscle twitching but that should not be enough to cause an enlarged breast.
I row a boat for a living and am in great shape and have even lost weight in the last few months.
So your collective thoughts are?
Ed

Posted by willronl on 2014-07-26 14:04. 8 comments. 308 reads
 
I just got my PM installed and have not sleep since. I also seem to have some high anxiety to go along with it. They set my PM on 70 and I seem to be speeding. Sleeping pills work for 4 hours only and are dangerous. Any suggestions, or is it just me.




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